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The YouTube Channel That Never Happened

The Southern Poverty Law Center and Media Matters called it a “hate site.” YouTube agreed and wiped out hundreds of videos with more than 300,000 subscribers and millions of views. Now Red Ice TV co-founder and co-host Lana Lokteff answers the charges, makes the case for freedom of unpopular speech, and reveals what it’s like to be “canceled” by Big Tech.

“Six hundred years ago, when elsewhere they were footing the blame for the Black Death, Casimir the Great—so-called—told the Jews they could come to Krakow. They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. With nothing they came and with nothing they […]

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How Trump Can Declare War on the Homeless-Industrial Complex

An executive order from President Trump declaring a state of emergency, followed by an interagency effort, could get America’s homeless crisis under control. And it could happen in months instead of interminable years.

California’s homeless crisis is now visible to everyone living in the state. Along with tens of thousands of homeless who are concentrated in various parts of major cities, additional thousands are widely dispersed. If you drive into most major urban centers, you will see tent encampments along freeway junctions, under bridges, along frontages, and beside […]

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The Politics, Science, and Politicized Science of Climate Change

Even if anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions are driving the planet headlong into an apocalyptic nightmare, climate skeptics should be heard.

Pushing through the market square, so many mothers sighing News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying                   […]

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An excerpt from The War for America’s Soul: Donald Trump, the Left’s Assault on America, and How We Take Back Our Country, by Sebastian Gorka. (Regnery Publishing, 256 pages, $28.99)

How to Win the War for America’s Soul

We have to make a principled stand, inform ourselves, and then act. Everyone who loves America has to stand up for the truth.
It is up to us.

The radical fringe of the Democratic Party, the extremists of the 1960s and 1970s, have become the “mainstream.” Bernie Sanders, the avowed Vermont socialist who honeymooned in the Soviet Union, almost won the Democrats’ nomination for president in 2016 (only to have Hillary Clinton steal it with her “superdelegates.”), and the old radicals have now […]

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An excerpt from Conservative: Knowing What to Keep, by Jim DeMint and Rachel Bovard (Fidelis Books, 240 pages, $27)

Keeping Our Covenants

The Constitution-as-covenant pushes us always to strive toward the “better angels of our nature,” to use Abraham Lincoln’s phrase. It pushes us to become the best version of ourselves and our government a continual reflection of that aspiration.

“Covenant was the binding together in one body politic of persons who assumed through unlimited promise, responsibility to and for each other, and for the common laws, under God. It was government of the people, by the people, for the people, but always under God, and it was not natural birth into natural society that […]

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The Backward Logic of Cancel Culture Apologists

Cancel culture is not the expression of random public discontent but of institutional power. Its punishments are reserved for those who run afoul of a particular moral system that is shared and advanced by the hegemons of our culture.

The tiresome subject of “cancel culture” is now, unfortunately, one that cannot responsibly be avoided. An old tweet surfaces, and all of a sudden a comedian, an actor, or even some hapless, powerless citizen, is at the center of an online tribunal. A series of recent events have enlivened the debate. Comedian Shane Gillis lost […]

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Globalism: A View Based on Nietzsche’s Thinking

When liberalism with God at its center triumphed over Communism, people made the mistake of believing the victory was purely economic and not spiritual. An enfeebled liberalism has been replaced by globalism, which is nihilism by another name.

I would like to share a short reflection with you on the subject of globalism, from a reading of Friedrich Nietzsche. In The Will to Power, a book that some say does not exist, since it would have been composed from fragments chosen by Nietzsche’s sister—that is an interesting controversy, by the way. But the […]

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An excerpt from Reclaiming Common Sense: Finding Truth in a Post-Truth World (Encounter Books).

The War on Common Sense

Faltering belief in common sense is behind the rejection of the Founders’ idea of America. More broadly, it is behind the astonishing rejection of Western civilization by its own people.

When Thomas Paine appealed to “common sense” to make the case for American independence, it probably never crossed his mind that there would ever be a need to make the case for common sense itself, at least not in America. But common-sense thinking has fallen out of favor. Because it has been under attack for […]

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First published April 6, 2019

The Establishment War on the Intellectual Dark Web

Big Tech is becoming more brazen about deboosting, demonitizing, and expelling dissenters from the internet. Freedom of speech hangs in the balance.

If you’re just hearing about the “Intellectual Dark Web,” or if you’ve heard the term but never delved into its meaning, you might think there is an entire parallel internet out there, filled with subversive content that is too politically incorrect to weather the shadowbans and deboosting algorithms in our well lit, mainstream online world. […]

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An excerpt from Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America (Regnery), published August 20.

America, the Racist

Writing in the December 1991 issue of Academic Questions, Fred Siegel, associate professor of history at Cooper Union and a self-described liberal and Democrat, bemoaned a fashionable trend in history writing. The “New Historians,” he quipped, saw American life as “a story of defeat, despair, and domination. American history became a tragedy in three acts: […]

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Henry Fielding, a Man for This Season

The great 18th-century English jurist and author of Tom Jones has much to teach 21st-century Americans about criminal justice. 

No one speaks of a century’s first decade as “the aughts.” Few of us speak of the second decade as “the teens.” But by the time the third decade comes around, we seem to have gotten used to the charming fact that we’re in a new chapter of history. Our shouts of “It’s the 21st […]

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The Density Delusion

America has plenty of room to grow. To solve our unaffordable housing problem, let’s reject policies that impose artificial scarcity and build, baby, build.

For decades, American workers have watched as their ability to enjoy middle-class lifestyles erodes away. Conventional explanations abound. American industry in the immediate aftermath of World War II was uniquely unscathed, and with a near-monopoly on global manufacturing, it was able to pass much of the ample profits on to workers. It wasn’t until the […]

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America’s Homeless Industrial Complex

An alliance of special interests and government bureaucracies has acquired money and power by presiding over a problem that has only gotten worse, year after year. The worse the problem has gotten, the more money and power they have acquired. Creative solutions exist, and only await a critical mass of networked citizens and conscientious policymakers to insist on change.

In his final speech from the White House in January 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation that the military had joined with the arms industry and had acquired unwarranted influence over American politics. His term for this alliance was the “military-industrial complex.” Since that time, Eisenhower’s term has been co-opted by other critics […]

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How We Will Stop China’s Long March to Rule Earth and Space

Over the past two weeks, the streets of Hong Kong have been racked with protests on a scale rarely seen. By some accounts, more than 2 million people participated, over a quarter of Hong Kong’s population of 7 million. The cause of the massive unrest was a proposed law that would allow accused criminals to […]

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Economic Headwinds Came Long Before Trump’s Presidency

After the unexpected election of President Donald Trump, something else unexpected happened. The stock market soared. In the final week before the 2016 election, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 17,888, an unimpressive level, since it had reached that same point nearly two years earlier in December 2014. But following Trump’s victory, the Dow […]

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How Globalism Is the Real Authoritarianism

Compassion for a child in distress is automatic. You do everything you can for that child. You use all the resources you can muster. But what if an entire continent is in distress? What if billions of children are in distress? This is the question for which there are no easy answers. Because across the […]

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Alternatives to the Nihilistic Futility of Mass Immigration

In 1968, Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb. Ehrlich predicted mass-starvation by the mid-1970s due to an exploding human population outstripping agricultural capacity. Global population in 1968 was 3.5 billion. Today there are 7.6 billion people living on planet earth. Clearly, Ehrlich’s dire predictions were wrong, but the book was a huge […]